Tuesday, 5 February 2019

GW/SW-004 – Waun Rydd

GW/SW-004 – Waun Rydd

04/02/2019

Great company

I had an unexpected text the night before from Mal GW6OVD asking if I would like to join him and Ian to activate Waun Rydd…obvious answer :).   I arrived at the car park at SO 056175 at 9:10. Ian started out whilst Mal waited for me to get ready…we were soon away in hot pursuit of 2W0IWM.
Our GPS route
Heading up..Mal with Ian way out in front

It’s a stiff climb up on to Craig Fan Ddu which took us about 40 minutes.
Mal and Ian
Allan and Ian..mist rolling in again
GW4VPX with 2W0IWM  behind

Mal heading for a misty summit

It’s then a long walk along Craig Fan Ddu and Craig Fan Las to the meeting of the ways  at SO 056191 which is 10 minutes or so away from the  summit ..total of 4.60km (2.76 miles)…..we were well ahead of time and eventually started our activation exactly on our alerted time and the weather was improving... 

Summit cairn...Mal and Allan

The 'pop up' tent for 2m...Pen y Fan in the clouds...radio shack with a view

The weather had changed and the mist was rolling away leaving glorious sunshine…what else do  you want?  Whilst the other two set up for 2m a few meters away from me  I quickly erected the 5m pole and set up for 60m without raising the ends with the walking sticks…quick dab of the atu button seemed to work.  I drafted a spot on the phone as well as calling on my alerted frequency which brought an immediate response from Andrew and the offer of a spot…thanks Andrew.  I spent an enjoyable 15 minutes in a relaxed pile-up and a nice chat with G3UHN in Hertfordshire…thanks everyone.

11:14z
G4AFI
5MHz
SSB
Andrew, Hants
11:15z
M0TMD
5MHz
SSB
Helen, Glossop
11:15z
G0ELJ
5MHz
SSB
Dave, Norfolk
11:16z
GI0AZA
5MHz
SSB
Esther, Dungiven, NI
11:17z
G0FEX
5MHz
SSB
Ken, Leicester
11:18z
G3UHN
5MHz
SSB
Peter, Hertfordshire
11:22z
GI4ONL
5MHz
SSB
Victor, Bushmills,NI
11:23z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave, Loughborough
11:24z
GM6ZAK
5MHz
SSB
Andy, Fife
11:24z
G7AFM
5MHz
SSB
Phil, Hereford
11:25z
G4OOE
5MHz
SSB
Nick, Scarborough
11:25z
MW0ISC
5MHz
SSB
Stephen, Pantymwyn
11:26z
GM3VAL
5MHz
SSB
Alan, Selkirk
11:27z
PA0SKP
5MHz
SSB
Sake, Netherlands
11:28z
G6NHW
5MHz
SSB
Pete, Birmingham
11:29z
MM0GGI
5MHz
SSB
John, Sutherland
11:30z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don, Holsworthy

GW4VPX /p

 60m pile-up makes you smile...not wearing gloves today..very comfortable

I popped over to see Mal and Ian and took some pictures from inside the ‘pop up’ tent including catching my friend Roy GW6DGU in Cardigan for a 2m contact.

Happy camper..2W0IWM/P

Mal in QSO on 2m...12deg C in the tent...

I had alerted for 80m so I set up the loading coils quickly….I was aware the boys would soon be finished on 2m and ready to head down hill.  Spot up and I was away picking up a few that are unable to work 60m and a few that had missed me earlier…thanks everyone.

11:35z
GW6DGU
144MHz
FM
Roy
11:45z
G0BFJ
3.5MHz
SSB
Brian, Huddersfield
11:47z
DG1NPM
3.5MHz
SSB
Nobi, Germany
11:49z
2E0FEH
3.5MHz
SSB
Karl, Saltash
11:50z
G4OBK
3.5MHz
SSB
Phil, Pickering
11:51z
G0VWP
3.5MHz
SSB
Terry, North Yorkshire
11:52z
M0TMD
3.5MHz
SSB
Helen, Glossop
11:52z
G4IAR
3.5MHz
SSB
Dave, Loughborough

Heading back down...managed to keep our feet dry again

Waterfall by the car park

It was a wonderful activation and as can be expected we did a lot of talking on the way up and on the way down :)  Looking forward to the next one…..

My activation set-up

HF:- Elecraft KX2 (10 watts) and 4Ah LiPo

Antenna - 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m extensions +80m loading coils)

Antenna support – 5m Fishing pole

Thanks everyone for the contacts
73 Allan GW4VPX